Local lads are set to star in new musical

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lp Hartley’s unforgettable romantic drama The Go-Between is to get the musical treatment in a production at Derby Theatre later this year.

Derby LIVE will be presenting the show, in a co-production with West Yorkshire Playhouse and Royal & Derngate, from October 6-29, with words and music by David Wood and Richard Taylor.

‘The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there’. Opening with this famous first line, LP Hartley’s The Go-Between is a poignant story of childhood innocence, hidden memories and self-realisation.

Directed by Roger Haines, the production receives its world premiere at the West Yorkshire Playhouse on September 9 and will move on to, and open in, Derby on Thursday, October 6, running until October 29. It will then finish off at Northampton from November 2-19.

An intimate chamber piece, The Go-Between’s haunting score for solo piano is performed on-stage by musical director, Jonathan Gill.

As an elderly man, Leo Colston stumbles across a trunk filled with the memories of his past, memories long buried and best forgotten. But he cannot forget the events of the oppressively hot summer of 1900, and the memories of his days spent in Norfolk come flooding back.

Spending the holidays with the family of his schoolfriend Marcus, the young Leo is unwittingly enlisted into an adult affair of deceit and forbidden passion. Acting as the go-between for the beautiful, upper-class Marian and tenant-farmer Ted, Leo becomes embroiled in a doomed love affair which will shape his life forever.

This evocative new musical features young local talents in the major roles of Leo and Marcus, found from open auditions held in Leeds, Derby and Northampton.

In the Derby LIVE production Harry Kenyon from Matlock and William Pearson from Hilton will be sharing the role of young Leo and Marcus is played by Jamie Buchanan from Long Eaton and Luke Houghton from Willington.

They will be joining a cast of nine professional actors that includes Sophie Bould (A Christmas Carol, Birmingham Rep) playing Marion, Stuart Ward (Dreamboats and Petticoats, West End) as Ted, James Staddon (Birdsong, The Comedy Theatre; The Crucible, RSC) as the grown-up Leo and Stephen Carlile (Evita, touring; Peter, Don Giovanni, New Vic Theatre) in the part of Trimingham. Completing the cast are Philip Cox, Richard Kent, Fiona O’Carroll, Gemma Page and Chris Theo-Cook.

Tickets to see this major production are available for £8-£21 by calling the box office on 01332 255800.